The new Ghostbusters trailer finds the female paranormal-hunters working to avoid mass hysteria – and possibly the apocalypse – after someone creates a device that amplifies paranormal activity. “No one should have to encounter that kind of evil,” an unnamed big-wig (Michael McDonald) tells the crew. “Except you girls – I think you can handle it.”
The latest clip features receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), up-close looks at several ghosts (including Slimer) and a handful of solid punchlines from the Ghostbusters, played by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. “Something big is going to happen,” Wiig’s character says.
The first trailer earned a hostile Internet reception, and even McCarthy admitted during an interview that the opening “30 Years Ago” title cards were “very confusing.”
“It’s a reboot, not a remake,” the actress told The Johnjay and Rich Show last month. “I know it’s weird that they say ’30 years ago,’ but in this movie it’s like the first one didn’t happen. It’s that great story but told totally differently. But it’s the same thing of four unlikely heroes: it’s in New York City [and] ghosts are taking over.”
Since debuting in early March, the first Ghostbusters trailer has racked up roughly YouTube 782,000 thumbs down ratings (as of this publication), making it the 12th-most disliked clip in the site’s history, trailing behind two Justin Bieber videos, Psy’s “Gangman Style” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” among others.
“Some of it is that people don’t want an old property touched — I’m sympathetic to that,” director Paul Feig told The Guardian, claiming some of the negativity is stems from misogyny. “But the ones who are hating it because it’s about women? That’s just a non-starter.”
The new Ghostbusters hits theaters July 15th.